a great little idea for building fun relationships with your kids:
the secret handshake
take 5 minutes and come up with an awesome hand-slapping, hip-bumping handshake that's just between the two of you.
include all the bells and whistles. tickle each other, rub noses, bump forheads, spin, sing, or do some high-kicking. make it outlandishly long, or short and sweet; simple or so complex you have to write it down... just spend a minute making something that's just for the two of you.
then don't forget to use it! bust out that secret handshake as you're sending them off to school, before bed, when they finish their chores... or make it a prerequisite for getting dessert.
being a parent is awesome. make it so.
here are a couple of links to get you started:
mary and jakes handshake